From the Principal's Desk

October 21, 2021

Dear Christian Parents,

The leaves are a bit late changing color this year. That’s usually connected to the weather. The very warm fall that we’ve had so far has been a blessing and very enjoyable to those of us who are not looking forward  to winter and snow and …. I think this fall’s weather has caused the end of October to kind of sneak up on us – though that may be about to change! For us Lutherans, the end of October means the celebration of the Reformation!

For centuries, the Lutheran Church has observed October 31, as Reformation Day. This is the day that Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses (statements) to the door of a church in Wittenberg, Germany in 1517. He did that because he knew that on November 1, the church would be filled with worshippers celebrating All Saints Day, and he wanted to start a discussion. His theses were statements about the direction of the church that he thought did not line up with the direction that God has for his people in the Bible. Luther’s famous Sola Scriptura, Sola Gratia, Sola Fide (By Scripture alone, by faith alone, by grace alone) remains at the center of what our church teaches over 500 years later. May we never change on taking a firm stand on the Word of God. Our salvation is by God’s grace alone through faith that is a gift of his Holy Spirit who works through the Word of God!

It’s a little early, but Happy Reformation Day!

Board of Education COVID Thoughts

The Board of Education wants to thank parents for their cooperation as we continue to navigate the COVID world. There are requirements from the Wauwatosa Health Department that we have been following. In other areas, we have the flexibility to make our own policies or procedures. The Board wants you to know how some of that works and what kind of impact some of those things have on our families. When a student tests positive, we are required to determine if there were close contacts while that student was infectious. Students are considered infectious for 48 hours before they began having COVID symptoms OR 48 hours before an asymptomatic positive test. So, if you suspect that your child has COVID, and you are planning to have him or her lab tested, the Board is asking you to keep your other children home as well until you receive the test results. If the child you are testing is positive, you’ll need to keep your other children home anyway and this could limit exposure to the rest of our school family if the siblings end up getting COVID. Remember that those who are vaccinated or who have a positive COVID lab test from the last 90 days and are currently without symptoms do not need to quarantine.

Here’s the statement from the Board of Education:

There have been a number of healthy students required to quarantine after exposure to covid-positive cases in their classroom.  This hinders learning and  is disruptive to families.  Therefore, we encourage parents to keep all children home while awaiting laboratory covid test results for any symptomatic family member.

The Board of Education also wants to express their appreciation for the extra work that our faculty continues to do when there are students in quarantine. The Board asks you to be patient and understanding with teachers who are doing their very best to educate the students in the classroom. The students who are learning virtually are important as well, but it can be extremely time consuming and stressful for teachers, students and their parents! We’re continuing to figure out the best way to allow virtual students to have a window into the classroom, but that means that parents should not expect teachers to communicate with them or their children during class time. Please understand that this may vary greatly based on the grade level of the student or based on the class that is being taught.

Finally, please know that I continue to provide updates to the Board of Education on the COVID situation at St. John’s. The Board spends significant time on this topic and understands the need to be flexible as things change and to do what’s best for the health and education of our students and their families. Join us in continuing to pray for an end to this pandemic and for health and safety for all of our families!

Divine Call News

Mrs. Renee Pastorek, our third grade teacher, has received a divine call to Fox Valley Lutheran High School in Appleton. She is being called to serve in the special education department. Please keep Mrs. Pastorek and her family in your prayers as she deliberates over the next few weeks. She will be making a decision to return to St. John’s for the 2022-2023 school year, or if she will accept the call to FVL beginning next summer. If you have any counsel or encouragement for her, I’m sure she would be glad to hear from you!

Cross Country Nationals

Our girls’ cross country team will be participating in the Lutheran Sports Association national meet this Saturday afternoon at Concordia University in Mequon. Good luck, Crusaders!

End of First Quarter

Next Wednesday, October 27, is the end of the first quarter of this school year. Report cards will be given to our students in grades K-8 on Thursday, November 4.

Wisconsin Lutheran State Teachers’ Conference

There will be no school or preschool next week Thursday and Friday, October 28-29. Our teachers will be attending the state teachers’ conference at Wisconsin Lutheran High School. Classes will resume on Monday, November 1.

WLHS Play

On Wednesday, November 3, our students in grades 4-8 will be walking to Wisconsin Lutheran High School to attend a performance of their fall play, “Clue.” The performance is at 10:00. Please be sure to return the signed permission slip for this play. Permission slips are due by Monday, October 25.

Being a Christian Kid in the Electronic Age

In case you missed it last night, you may still view the presentation by Laura Reinke from Christian Family Solutions that she made to our students and their parents last night. The presentation was titled “Being a Christian Kid in the Electronic Age.” The presentation will be available for the next few days on our website. Use this link to get to the video.

COVID Reminders

Wauwatosa Health Department wants to remind our families that quarantined students who return to school after 7 days with a negative lab test or after 10 days without a test should continue to monitor for COVID symptoms for 14 days after the last contact with an infected individual. This is because the virus can take as long as 14 days to infect a person. The CDC, Wisconsin Department of Health, and the Wauwatosa Health Department allow for shorter quarantines (7 or 10 days) because of the harmful impact that lengthy quarantines may have on families and on a child’s education.

Blessings,
Dan



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October 14, 2021

Dear Christian Parents,

There are a number of activities that are happening at St. John’s over the next couple of weeks. I hope that you’re able to participate! There’s more information about them in other parts of this newsletter. Next Wednesday evening, October 20, there’s a special presentation about social media and electronics for kids and their parents to attend together. See below for more information. We’re having our Fall Festival on Sunday afternoon, October 24, from 3:00-6:00. There will be activities for the kids and a trunk or treat in the parking lot. We still need help with the event. See the article about the Fall Festival to sign up to help. The Bedtime Blessings for children in Preschool through first grade will be on Wednesday evening, October 27, from 6:00-8:00. This will be a fun evening for our little ones. We’d love to have you join us for these events!

Crusader Sports

The fall sports’ seasons are winding down, and our teams are competing in the end-of-year tournaments! Our boys’ and girls’ cross country teams participated in the Lutheran Sports Association state tournament last weekend. Our girls took first place in the team competition, and Ana Buske took first place in the individual competition. Our St. John’s girls were five of the top seven finishers! This weekend our soccer team and volleyball teams are competing in their conference tournaments. Our girls’ cross country team will be participating in the Lutheran Sports Association national tournament at Concordia University in Mequon, on Saturday, October 23. Good luck, Crusaders!

The fall sports are just finishing up, but the basketball season is just about to begin. Check out the Crusader athletics website here for more information about the basketball season. Practices will begin the week of October 25!

Being a Christian Kid in the Electronic Age

Children from age 8 through age 18 and their parents or caregivers are invited to attend this presentation in the church basement on Wednesday, October 20, from 6:30-7:30 PM. There will be babysitting provided for younger children. This is a timely message for our parents and their children, and it will be presented from a Biblical Christian worldview. The presenter, Laura Reinke, is a counselor with Christian Family Solutions. There is no cost for parents or children to attend this event, and no sign-up is required.

Wisconsin State Teachers’ Conference
The teachers of our Synod in the state of Wisconsin will gather at Wisconsin Lutheran High School on Thursday and Friday, October 28-29, for our state Teachers’ Conference! There will be no school or preschool at St. John’s on October 28-29. There will be child care on those two days, but due to limited staff, the enrollment will be limited. 

Family Directory
A 2021-2022 School Family Directory is available on Gradelink. You’ll find a PDF on the Communicate tab. Click on the directory and save or print your own directory. There will be a limited number of printed directories available in the office.

Hot Lunch and Extended Care Payments
This is your weekly reminder to be sure to check the “Billing” tab on your Gradelink account. It’s important to watch for charges/updates on your account. On the billing tab, you should see balances for each type of charge – hot lunch, tuition, extended care, etc. If those numbers are positive numbers, that means that you have a balance due to pay. Once you make a payment, it may take up to a week for the payment to be posted to your account. Please be patient! Remember, hot lunch charges are posted daily; extended care are posted twice a month. In your billing tab, click on “Pay another amount.” Then please put a note in the Notes box to tell us what the payment is for.

COVID Update
We are currently back to one student with COVID. This student was not at school during the contagious period of 48 hours, so no additional students needed to quarantine. Continue to pray for all of our children and our families!

Blessings,
Dan



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October 7, 2021

Dear Christian Parents,

At the beginning of summer, my wife planted two tomato plants next to our house. One was Roma and the other was the little ones – grape? Well, it didn’t take long for the rabbits to find them, and they ended up nibbling the grape tomato plant down to a single little stem sticking out of the ground. I didn’t want to give up on it, so I started watering. In Germantown where we live, June was pretty dry, so I started making it my routine to go out on the patio after supper and water the plants. Pretty soon there were little leaves growing out of that little green stem. By mid-July, it was looking like it would be worthwhile to put a tomato cage over the top of the plant. I was still watering, but maybe not quite as often. And then something happened. 

I can’t explain it, and I’ve never seen anything like it. That tomato plant exploded! I mean it grew crazy fast! Soon it had covered the five feet between it and the house. It had also covered the four foot sidewalk on the other side. And there were literally thousands of little tomatoes growing on it. Now it’s easily 12 feet across, and the squirrels are enjoying some of the tasty tomatoes. There’s no way that all of the tomatoes that are on there will ever ripen before the first frost, but we’ve harvested quite a crop already! Here's what it looked like over a month ago:

Each of us was once like that little stem of a tomato plant. Actually, for us it was worse. We were dead. Dead in our sins. But God didn't give up on us. He offered up his son to save us from our sins. He nurtured us through baptism and his Word. He put Christians in our lives - parents, pastors, teachers, friends - to encourage us and keep us growing to the point of producing fruit! What does that fruit look like? It's our lives of thanks and service to him, it's love for him, and it's a desire to keep his commands!

Brewers’ Spirit Day
Our Milwaukee Brewers begin the post-season tomorrow as they are hosting the Atlanta Braves. To show our support, we’re encouraging our students to wear their Brewers’ clothing, or the clothing of their favorite sports’ team on Friday, October 8.

Shorts’ Season
As I mentioned last week, please remember to check the forecast before allowing your child to wear shorts to school. The forecasted high temperature should be 70 degrees or above. It looks like we’ll have a few of those in the next week or so, but be prepared for the colder weather ahead!

Being a Christian Kid in the Electronic Age
Children from age 8 through age 18 and their parents or caregivers are invited to attend this presentation in the church basement on Wednesday, October 20, from 6:30-7:30 PM. There will be babysitting provided for younger children. This is a timely message for our parents and their children, and it will be presented from a Biblical Christian worldview. The presenter, Laura Reinke, is a counselor with Christian Family Solutions. There is no cost for parents or children to attend this event, and no sign-up is required.

Wisconsin State Teachers’ Conference
The teachers of our Synod in the state of Wisconsin will gather at Wisconsin Lutheran High School on Thursday and Friday, October 28-29, for our state Teachers’ Conference! There will be no school or preschool at St. John’s on October 28-29. There will be child care on those two days, but due to limited staff, the enrollment will be limited. Please see the note from Miss Wendland about how and when to sign up to have your child in child care those two days.

Family Directory
A 2021-2022 School Family Directory is available on Gradelink. You’ll find a PDF on the Communicate tab. Click on the directory and save or print your own directory. There will be a limited number of printed directories available in the office.

Changing Gym Lights
We are going to be replacing the light bulbs in the gym. If you are good with climbing scaffolding and have some time to help, please let me or Mr. Leyrer know! We hope to get the scaffolding set up today and get the lights changed by Monday.

Hot Lunch and Extended Care Payments
This is your weekly reminder to be sure to check the “Billing” tab on your Gradelink account. It’s important to watch for charges/updates on your account. On the billing tab, you should see balances for each type of charge – hot lunch, tuition, extended care, etc. If those numbers are positive numbers, that means that you have a balance due to pay. Once you make a payment, it may take up to a week for the payment to be posted to your account. Please be patient! Remember, hot lunch charges are posted daily; extended care are posted twice a month. In your billing tab, click on “Pay another amount.” Then please put a note in the Notes box to tell us what the payment is for.

COVID Update
There are currently no cases of COVID among our students or staff that I am aware of! Praise God! Thanks for your cooperation during the last few weeks when we’ve had to quarantine students. Thanks, once again, to the teachers who did double-duty to teach the class in front of them as well as those who were joining online. We are thankful to have the students back in the classroom!

Mission Festival
St. John’s Lutheran Church will be celebrating Mission Festival on Sunday, October 10. As part of the mission festival, we will be having a presentation about the Ukrainian Lutheran Church in the afternoon on Friday, October 8.

Blessings,
Dan



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September 30, 2021

Dear Christian Parents,

As the faculty was reviewing the Parent Handbook last year, we made a recommendation to the Board of Education to make a change. The dress code policy had stated that after October 1, the forecasted high temperature needed to be above 80 degrees for the students to be allowed to wear shorts. The new policy states that the forecasted high temperature only needs to be above 70 degrees. As the forecast for tomorrow is warmer than 70 degrees, students may wear shorts tomorrow! Next week, however, it looks like things may cool down a bit. So, now is probably a good time to make sure that the fall and winter clothing is going to fit and is ready to go! We want our students to be comfortable and dress appropriately for the weather!

Spelling Bee

Congratulations to our students who represented St. John’s at the Wisconsin Lutheran High School Spelling Bee last Saturday! Thanks also to Mr. Kriese and Mrs. Rindfleisch who served as judges and pronouncers for the bee. Special congratulations to Nadia Alejandro who took first place among the sixth graders! Well done, Nadia!

Picture Day

Our annual school picture day is this week Friday, October 1. For those who are in quarantine or missing school for any other reason, there will be a retake day on Thursday, November 4. If your child is a preschool student who does not normally attend school on Friday, you are welcome to bring him or her to get the picture taken. The photographer should have everything set up by 9:00, so it would be best if you could bring your child between 9:00 and 10:00. You can look at the Crusader Chronicle or an email earlier this week for details on how to order pictures online.

Singing Schedule

We’re thankful that our students can participate in our worship services when their class sings in church. It’s a great for our students to use their voices to sing praises to God, and it’s great for our congregation to be encouraged through their participation! There’s a schedule of when each classroom is singing posted on the website. Click here to find it!

Mid-Terms

The mid-term progress reports for grades K-8 are being sent home this week. Please look for them. Please be sure to sign and return the envelope. The report is yours to keep. Also be aware that you may monitor your child’s grades at any time through your Gradelink account!

Gradelink Payments

Overall we’re doing very well with our Gradelink payments for tuition, hot lunch and extended care. Please be sure to check your Gradelink account. Go to the billing tab and look at the balance for each category. If the number is negative, you’re in good shape and no payment is due. If the number is positive, then you have an amount that is due. When you’re making a payment, please be sure to put a note in the “Notes” box to indicate what the payment is for.

Mission Festival

St. John’s Lutheran Church will be celebrating Mission Festival on Sunday, October 10. As part of the mission festival, we will be having a presentation about the Ukrainian Lutheran Church in the afternoon on Friday, October 8.

COVID Update

At this point, I’m aware of two positive cases among our students. Both of those are in fourth grade, and both students seem to be doing very well. They should be able to return to school next week. A number of close contacts to those students are also finishing their quarantine period. Once again, I’m very thankful that all of the parents have been very cooperative with our quarantining procedures. We continue to work with Wauwatosa Health Department as we work through this year.

Blessings,

Dan



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September 23, 2021

Dear Christian Parents,

For the last couple of days, we have had two men working on getting our new phone system installed. Almost two months ago, we discovered that our phones weren’t working. For a few days phone calls into our school were not getting to us, and we have not been able to use the phones to communicate between classrooms and offices since then. It’s tough to operate in 2021 without communication. Fortunately, we were able to tap into a couple of lines from church so that at least our offices have had phone service. But it just feels so exciting to get something back that we probably took for granted. It’s like, “you don’t know what you got til it’s gone!”

Is that what our communication with God is like? Do we take it for granted? What a blessing it is that we have a heavenly Father who invites us to communicate with him. He wants to know what’s on our hearts and minds. He encourages us to come to him in prayer. He wants us to rely on him for guidance, and he communicates that guidance back to us through his Word. Thank God for fixing our relationship with him through his Son, Jesus, and for giving us an open line of communication. Be confident in God’s desire and his ability to help! And find peace and rest in his promises to be with you always!

Mid Term

Students will be receiving their mid-term report cards next week. Please look for them on Thursday or Friday. Also, please be sure that you know how to find your child’s assignment grades and report card grades on Gradelink. Just log in to your Gradelink account and click on either the Grades or Assignments tab. If you have any trouble finding that on your account, please let me know. When you receive the mid-term report, please sign and return the envelope to your child’s teacher at your earliest convenience.

WLHS Spelling Bee

Good luck to our students who have qualified for the WISCO Spelling Bee this weekend. Kash Knueppel, Nadia Alejandro, Sawyer Festerling, Asher Duncan, Grace Mannisto, Ella Schroeder, Annalise Kuehn, Fin Buege and Zuzu Eft will be representing St. John’s at the Spelling Bee this coming Saturday, September 25, at Wisconsin Lutheran High School.

Being a Christian Kid in the Electronic Age

On Wednesday evening, October 20, we will be hosting a presentation for upper grade students and their parents. “Being a Christian Kid in the Electronic Age” will be presented by Laura Reinke, marriage and family therapist with Christian Family Solutions. The presentation will be from 6:30-7:30 in the fellowship hall (church basement). Our St. John’s teens will be providing babysitting for younger family members. We hope that students in grades 5-8 and their parents will consider attending!

Chapel

Our students enjoy a chapel service at St. John’s Lutheran Church every Wednesday morning at 8:15. We are also live-streaming the service. If you want to watch a live or recorded chapel service, go to www.sjtosa.org/chapel. Please note that you will not be able to find a link to the chapel services on our website. You should click on the link in this paragraph, or you can type this address into your web browser.

Gradelink

Thanks to everyone who is keeping their tuition, extended care, and hot lunch payments up to date on Gradelink! We especially appreciate it when you add a note to tell us what the payment is for. Please remember, your payment may not show up on your account for a week or even more in some cases. It just takes that much time for your payment to make it to our bank account. Thanks for your patience! If you have not been able to get your payments set up, please let me know. The second monthly payments either are due or will be due in the next week. Extended care and hot lunch balances should also be kept current! The positive numbers on your billing tab are what you should be paying. If the number is negative, you have a credit, and no payment is due for that category. For example, the family below has a credit of $49.25 for hot lunch. No hot lunch payment is due. The September tuition charge, $463, is likely set to be paid this week. (Please ignore the “Total Balance” amount at the bottom! That is not the amount due!)

COVID Update

The first wave of COVID activity seems to be settling down. We currently have three students who are still out after testing positive last week. All three are doing very well and have experienced only mild symptoms. The Board of Education met this week and did not make any changes to our approach to COVID. We continue to trust parents to make the decision to have their children wear masks or not. The Board of Education will continue to meet as needed to address any issues that might arise.

SCRIP

We are selling gift cards to your favorite stores and restaurants through the SCRIP program. St. John’s will get a certain percentage of each gift card that is sold. If you are looking for gift cards to use yourself or to give as a gift, please check with Tiffany in the school office. If we don’t have it in stock, we may be able to order it!

New Pictorial Directory

For members of St. John’s Lutheran Church: It’s been a number of years since we last produced a St. John’s pictorial directory, and it’s time for a new one. This time, we’ll be using a password-protected online directory. All of the member data has been imported, and now it’s time for you to start checking your information (and editing it, if needed). You can also submit a family photo if you have one – and if you don’t have one, that’s OK too! You can still create your account, and we’ll be offering opportunities to have pictures taken later this fall. For more details and login instructions, visit www.sjtosa.org/directory.

Blessings,
Dan



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September 16, 2021

Dear Christian Parents,

I have communicated a lot with you about COVID this week. I realize that some would rather have less communication; some want more. That’s fine. Today, I want to take a few minutes to honor our teachers.

Some of you are teachers or have experience in the workplace in education. You know how challenging that can be. The responsibility is incredible. Parents entrust their most precious possessions with teachers knowing that their child is probably going to spend more time with that teacher than with the parents themselves during the school week.

St. John’s has been blessed with what I believe are truly some of the best teachers around. I have the privilege of visiting their classrooms occasionally. I hear the sounds that come through their doors. I see them arrive at school extremely early in the morning or staying well beyond quitting time at night. I see their former students excelling at the next level. They volunteer their time to be coaches. They play music for church. They organize and attend church and school activities. They give. And they give. And then they give some more.

The other thing that I know about our teachers is that they love your kids. So do I. Our teachers and I want the students to be safe, healthy, educated and loved. Most of all, they want your kids to know about their Savior, Jesus! That is the most important thing that our teachers do each day. Since the very first day of school in August, 2020, every single morning devotion with the staff has ended the same way. I’ve encouraged the teachers to “Give ‘em heaven today!” That’s what we’re about. That’s why we’re here. We want you and your children to know that heaven is yours through Jesus perfect life, innocent death, and resurrection.

In the last week or two, teachers have been juggling. Some kids are in class. Some might be online. Some are home sick. Some are home waiting to find out if they’ll get sick. Our teachers have done a remarkable job of juggling these issues! Be patient! Let them know how much you appreciate their work! They are truly gifts of God!

Quarantine Rules

I would like to share an update that I just received from the Wauwatosa Health Department yesterday. When there are close contacts with someone who tests positive for COVID, and the onset of symptoms was less than 48 after the last time they were in school, we are required to quarantine students. That quarantine is 14 days, but we have been given the opportunity to shorten the period because of the negative impact on education, families, etc. So, we have adopted the 10 day quarantine. Students who have had no symptoms may return to school 10 days after their last contact with the person who tested positive. If your last date of contact was on September 17, you could return on September 28, without getting a test as long as you have not experienced any COVID symptoms. There’s also an opportunity to come back after 7 days. This would require a negative lab test on the 6th or 7th day. So, if you had contact with someone who is positive on September 17, you could get tested on September 23 or 24 at a lab, and you could return to school on September 25 if your test is negative. Since the 25th is a Saturday, you’d have to wait until the 27th. Even those who return to school should continue to monitor for COVID symptoms. If you’re taking this route, please bring or send a copy of the negative lab test to school.

For those students or teachers who are either vaccinated or if they have had COVID and have proof of a positive lab test in the last 90 days, there may be a little different set of rules for quarantining. If your child is asked to quarantine and he or she has a lab test proving that they had COVID in the last 90 days or if he or she is fully vaccinated for at least 14 days, please let me know! Thanks for your patience!

Gradelink

Teachers are posting grades on Gradelink, so you should be able to monitor your child’s academic progress or check for missing assignments, etc. Please also continue to use the Gradelink Billing tab to monitor your hot lunch and extended care balances. Also be sure that you have your tuition payment plans set up! If you need help or have trouble with Gradelink, please call the office!

New Pictorial Directory

For members of St. John’s Lutheran Church: It’s been a number of years since we last produced a St. John’s pictorial directory, and it’s time for a new one. This time, we’ll be using a password-protected online directory. All of the member data has been imported, and now it’s time for you to start checking your information (and editing it, if needed). You can also submit a family photo if you have one – and if you don’t have one, that’s OK too! You can still create your account, and we’ll be offering opportunities to have pictures taken later this fall. For more details and login instructions, visit www.sjtosa.org/directory.

Blessings,

Dan



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September 9, 2021

Dear Christian Parents,

Our St. John’s students have so many opportunities to participate in different kinds of activities during the school day and after school hours! As I mentioned at our orientation meeting, over 60 students are taking piano lessons! We also have a full day of students taking guitar lessons, some violin lessons, and then there’s the regular music classes, junior handbells, junior choir and band lessons from Wisconsin Lutheran High School. Well over half of our students participate in some sort of music activity. Another area that St. John’s students excel is athletics. This fall, we have students running cross country, playing soccer, and playing volleyball. These students compete against students from other schools around the area after school and on the weekends. This week, our Lutheran Girl Pioneers made a come-back! After being off for over a year, this group has started to meet again! And now another new group is going to be starting up soon. A group of parents has been working on starting an art club. Click here for more information about that club in the Crusader Chronicle!

We’re so thankful for all of the gifts that our students have in so many areas, and we’re so thankful that they have opportunities to use and develop those gifts at St. John’s! Some of these activities are only available to older students, but there are others that have younger students participating as well. If you’re interested, check them out! Let us know!

Grandparents’ Day

Last week I asked you to set aside Friday, October 8, for our Grandparents’ Day celebration. We have made the decision to postpone our Grandparents’ Day until later in the school year. I apologize for any confusion or difficulty that this might cause. Hopefully you haven’t made plans that are too elaborate for that day! We feel like postponing the day might give more grandparents the comfort level that they need to join us for an afternoon!

Drop-Off/Pick-Up

Our drop-off and pick-up seem to be going pretty well so far this year. Thanks for your help and patience as we get through these busy times of the day. Please remember a couple of things. For drop-off in the main parking lot, please be sure to pull ahead as far as you can to drop your children off or pick them up. There should be room for two or three cars past the stop sign. Also, please be sure to keep far enough to the right when you are dropping off or picking up so that cars are able to get by on your left. There should be two lanes of traffic across the parking lot nearest the building. Also, be patient as the two lanes merge when you get to Dewey Ave. Thanks so much for your cooperation in making this process work!

Gradelink

Overall, you’re doing great with Gradelink! Keep it up! Remember, you should check your account every so often. Parents of students in grades 1-8 will be able to track and monitor grades. Once you click on “Grades”, you can click on any class to see the grades for each assignment in that class.  If you’d like, you can receive notifications on your child’s grades when they are above or below a certain level. Just go to your account and click on “Alerts.” Also know that you can email any teacher by clicking on the subject title. In addition to seeing assignments, you’ll see information about the teacher – including the email address. This might be especially helpful for students in grades 5-8.

Also keep an eye on the “Billing” tab. When you click on it, you’ll see the balances for different accounts that apply to you. For example, you might see a lunch balance, an extended care balance and a tuition balance. It should look something like this.

Please note that a negative balance indicates that there is money in your account. A positive balance indicates that a payment is due. The family in this examlpe has a balance for lunch and tuition, and no payment is due at this time. Keep in mind that the lunch charges post daily. Extended care charges post twice a month. Tuition charges post depending on how you set them up. Most of you are making 10 payments, so the charges will post monthly. As far as seeing your payments is concerned, please be patient. It may take a week or more for them to be posted to your account.

As always, if you have questions or need help with Gradelink, don’t hesitate to reach out!

Spelling Bee

The Wisconsin Lutheran High School Principals’ Conference will hold its annual Grade School Spelling Contest on Saturday, September 25th, 2021, at 8:30 at Wisconsin Lutheran High School. Our students have taken the preliminary test, and the representatives from St. John’s are being determined.

Have a great weekend!

Blessings,
Dan



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September 2, 2021

Dear Christian Parents,

Last week one of our younger students went home with a report about what he had learned in school that day. He told his mom about how he had learned about a guy and his goats. I chuckled a little bit at this response, but then it warmed my heart. St. John’s is here to tell you and your children about a guy and his goats – or rather about our Good Shepherd and his sheep! Jesus is our Good Shepherd. He leads us to the living water of His Word. He gave up his life to rescue us from sin, death and the devil.

Our graduates leave St. John’s well prepared for success in high school. Their instruction in math, reading, social studies and science along with opportunities in music, phy ed and art, really gets them ready for any high school that they might attend. But most of all, our students leave St. John’s with a firm understanding of who our God is and what he has done for us.

I’m sure there are many similar stories that you have from the first week of school. If you haven’t already done so, share them with your child’s teacher to let them know what a difference they are making! May God continue to bless our partnership of sharing the love that the Good Shepherd has for all of his little lambs!

Labor Day Weekend – No School

There will be no school on Friday, September 3, through Monday, September 6. Classes will resume on Tuesday, September 7. Have a great, safe weekend!

Athletics

Teams and coaches have been preparing hard for their first games. The games will begin next week! Thanks to all of the coaches for their extra time to coach our students! Thanks also to parents who are making extra trips for practices and games. Soccer will be at Rainbow Park vs. St. Jacobi on Tuesday. Volleyball will be at Good Shepherd, West Bend, on Tuesday. Cross Country will be at Pilgrim, Menominee Falls, on Wednesday. See the athletic website by clicking here for more details about practice and game schedules.  Good luck Crusaders as your seasons begin next week!

Tuition and Extended Care

The first tuition payment for the year should have been made by now. If you have not set up your payments on Gradelink, please do so right away! If you have any trouble figuring out how to set up your payments, or if you have forgotten your login information, please let us know! Remember, payments are posted the Gradelink family account only after they’ve been received in St. John’s bank account. This could take a few days, so please be patient! Charges for extended care for the last week of August have also been posted to your account. Please add a note to your payment in Gradelink to let us know where to apply the payments.

Teacher Gifts

At St. John’s it has become customary to purchase class gifts for our teachers. That way the entire class can contribute to something a little bit nicer for the teachers. The Room Parents are responsible for purchasing these gifts, but the donations to pay for the gifts comes from all of the families. Room Parents will purchase a gift for the teachers on their birthday as well as for Christmas. If you haven’t already done so, you may make a contribution to the Teacher Gift Fund through Gradelink. Go to the Billing tab. Click “Pay Another Amount.” You can enter whatever amount you’d like to contribute to the teachers’ gifts. Just add a note that says what the payment is for. For example – TG - $25. Room Parents are beginning to make plans for these funds, so if you plan to make a contribution, please do so soon!

Hot Lunch

If your child has eaten hot lunch at all this year, you should notice charges appearing on your Gradelink account. There’s also a balance listed for each category – tuition, religion books, hot lunch, teacher gift, etc. in the Billing tab. Please note that a positive number next to each of those means that you owe something for that category. If the number is negative, then you have a credit. Please try to keep a credit balance (negative number) in your hot lunch account. To make a deposit or payment in your account, go to the Billing tab. Click on “Pay Another Amount.” You can enter whatever amount you want to put into your hot lunch account. Then add a note in the Notes section which tells who the payment is for and what category it is for. For example – HL - $20 for Dan. Remember, when you see the hot lunch balance as a positive number, that means that you have used  up your balance, and it’s time to make a payment. As always, just let me know if you have questions or need assistance!

Religion Books

Those who purchased a Bible or Catechism should see a charge on your Gradelink account. To see the charges, go to the Billing tab, and click on “Current Activity”, last month’s date (August 2021) or Y-T-D to get a PDF with the summary of activity on your account. It should list charges, credits and payments. If your child has received a religion book, please make that payment at your early convenience. Please add a note to tell us what the payment is for. For example – Bible - $10 for Susie. If you need to purchase a book and have not done so, please let us know that as well.

Grandparents’ Day

We are hoping to celebrate Grandparents’ Day on Friday, October 8! More details will be coming, but our current plan is to have Grandparents’ Day in the afternoon on that day. Please let your child’s grandparents know so that they can put it on their calendars!

Once again, I hope that you have a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable Labor Day weekend!

Blessings,

Dan



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May 20, 2021

Dear Christian Parents,

I don’t think I can say it enough. “Thank you!” As the 2020-2021 school year, my first at St. John's, comes to a close, my heart is full of thanks.

Faculty and Staff – You made me feel welcome from the first day. In spite of difficult decisions that had to be made, we kept our focus on what is most important – “How can we have these kids at school so that we can provide the best education and show them their Savior and the way to eternal life in heaven?” Of course, we’re still getting to know one another, but I appreciate you as the talented group of co-workers that you are! At the risk of leaving someone out, please allow me to thank a few individuals. 

  • Tiffany, thanks for your patience with me, and for knowing what needed to be done!
  • Amanda, Jenny, Kerry, and Julie - thanks for faithfully feeding our kids and doing it in a safe way, and thanks for bringing some fun and joy into my life each day!
  • Pastors and Teachers (Pastors Leyrer, Schroeder, Bitter, and Yu; Alex, Carrie, Leslie, Naomi, Rachel, Dana, Terry, Lisa, Mandy, Renee, Megan, Andrew, Brett, Keith, Chris and Dave), thank you for keeping me, our students and their families focused on their Savior! Thank you for adjusting to the difficult task of teaching a group of kids in school along with some who chose to stay at home! Thank you for your support and for working together!
  • Kathy, Vanessa, Dorothee, Julie, and Amy - thanks for being there for our teachers and kids. We never want to take for granted what you do for them!
  • Board of Education members (Casey, Kerry, Jon, Troy and Dan) and for your support and encouragement for me and our entire faculty!
  • CES (I'm not even sure who you all are!) - Thank you for all of the extra little (and big!) things that you did for our students and staff all year!
  • Dan, Kristi, Jan and Sharon - Thanks for leading me through my first year at St. John's and always being so cooperative and forgiving!

Parents – One of the most difficult things for me this year was that we haven’t gotten to know one another. I hope that through my communication and what your kids have said about me that you feel like you know me a little bit, but I’m anxious to get to know you better. I am so thankful that you trusted us with your kids this year when so many around the country and the world didn’t want to take that chance. Ultimately, you weren’t just putting your trust in us. Together, we trusted that God would bless the careful decisions that we made. And I hope that you agree that God blessed us beyond what we might have hoped for back in August.

Our Gracious God – Thank you for this school year! Thank you for the opportunity to learn together for these last nine months! Thank you for your sure promise to be with us and to give us what we need. Thank you for your undeserved love for us which you have showed by sending your Son to be our Savior!

   Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
   Praise him all creatures here below!
   Praise him above, ye heavenly host!
   Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!

Last Day of School

The last day of school will begin on Wednesday, May 26, with our closing chapel service at 8:15. Following the chapel service, awards for Crusader Olympics will be announced. All students will be dismissed for summer vacation at 11:45. Please be sure to make arrangements to pick up your child at 11:45! Child care is open on Wednesday afternoon, but they will be closed on Thursday and Friday next week for cleaning.

Graduation

Our 8th grade graduation service will be on Wednesday, May 26, at 6:00 PM. Our church will be making an announcement about a change in some of the restrictions for fully vaccinated people. We will abide by those same guidelines for the graduation service; therefore, we will not need to limit the attendance at graduation to one pew per family. 

Mask Mandate

There is some confusion about the Wauwatosa common council's announcement on Tuesday night. Basically, nothing has changed for our school. Some restrictions have been removed for fully vaccinated people, but this change does not apply to schools. We'll continue to follow the procedures that we've been following. The current Wauwatosa mask mandate ends on June 16. Please know that the Board of Education is determined to open the 2021-2022 school year with a return to as much of a normal situation as we are allowed. 

Crusader Olympics

Thanks to all who helped out with Crusader Olympics yesterday! It was amazing to see so many parents giving of their time to have this special event for our children! We got just a little wet at times, but overall, we have good weather! The awards for Crusader Olympics will be announced after chapel on Wednesday, May 26. 

Mrs. Stein’s Retirement

This weekend we will have the opportunity to thank Mrs. Stein for her years of service at St. John's. Her service started back in 1975. After taking some time off to raise her family, she was called to begin our preschool in 1996. There will be a dinner for Mrs. Stein this Sunday, May 23, after the second service. Those who made reservations online are welcome to join us. If you'd like to contribute to a gift to Mrs. Stein, please drop it off in the school office.

2021-2022 School Year

The 2021-2022 school year begins in 96 days! Our Back to School/Orientation night will be on Sunday, August 22, and classes begin on Tuesday, August 24. All families should plan to attend our Back to School night! You may view the 2021-2022 school year calendar here. In late June or early July we will be contacting you with more information about how Gradelink will be used for collecting fees and tuition. We'll also share more information about the Back to School/Orientation event!

Blessings,

Dan



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May 13, 2021

Dear Christian Parents,

This past weekend, families around the country celebrated Mother’s Day. Every single mother deserves the special treatment that she hopefully received last Sunday (or whenever your family was able to celebrate). I’m extremely thankful for the mothers of our St. John’s students! Our kids have moms that love them so much that they want to spend eternity in heaven with them! At St. John’s Lutheran Church and School, we want that, too! Our teachers share the good news of a Savior from sin with our students every single day. We are partners with you in that very special work. May God bless that partnership, and may God bless all mothers!

Farewell for Mrs. Campbell

Mrs. Leslie Campbell has been a part of our St. John’s ministry for 10 years as K4 teacher and for many years before that as an aid! She has touched the lives of literally hundreds of young people and their parents in our preschool and child care over the years. It has been such a blessing to have Mrs. Campbell and her family at St. John’s. It will be a big change next year without Mrs. Campbell here, but we’re thankful for the opportunity that she has at Peace Lutheran Church and School in Hartford. Mrs. Campbell will be teaching kindergarten at Peace starting in August. We wish her God’s richest blessings in her new ministry! To celebrate Mrs. Campbell’s time here and wish her farewell, we will be having a cake and coffee reception on Sunday, May 16, after the second service in the fellowship hall (church basement) at about 11:45. We will have a chance to wish our best for Mrs. Campbell and her family. If you can’t join us on the 16th, please share your own personal best wishes in the way that you feel is best! Thanks for all that you’ve done for us at St. John’s, Leslie! May God continue to bless your work!

Graduation

Our eighth grade graduation will be on Wednesday, May 26, at 6:00 PM. The families of the 8th graders are welcome to join us. We’ll reserve one pew per graduate for the families. After the service, we will be showing the memories slideshow. There will be no formal reception. Congratulations to our twenty-one eighth graders! We wish you God’s richest blessings as you leave St. John’s and begin high school next year!

Crusader Olympics

I’m eagerly awaiting my first Crusader Olympics! If this is your first or second year here (no Crusader Olympics due to COVID last year), I hope you’re considering joining us to see what all of the excitement is about! All students in K5 through eighth grade should report directly to the Wisconsin Lutheran College track (Raabe Stadium). The address is 1401 N Swan Blvd, Wauwatosa, WI. People should arrive by 8:00 for the opening devotion which will begin at 8:15. All students should be picked up by 2:00. Thanks to all of the parents who have volunteered to help out! You should have received your assignment from Mr. Leyrer. Don’t forget to bring a lunch!

Lau Fund

Members of St. John’s Lutheran Church who have students attending Wisconsin Lutheran High School or St. John’s Lutheran Elementary School may be eligible for financial aid. If you think you might need some assistance for tuition next year, please complete a Lau Fund application. The Lau Fund application form is found here. We’d love to receive your Lau Fund application by June 30, 2021. If you have trouble with the link, please let me know and we’ll print a copy for you in the office.

Gradelink

All returning students should have completed re-enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year through Gradelink. If you have not already done so, please complete the re-enrollment. You should have received several emails about Gradelink. If you can’t find them, please let me know. Perhaps we need to update your email address. Please help us get the rest of our students re-enrolled for next school year. This will replace the registration day that normally occurs at the beginning of August.

2021-2022 Back to School Night/Orientation

The back to school night/orientation for the 2021-2022 school year will be on Sunday, August 22, at 6:00. More details will be coming, but please set this time aside. We hope that all of our school families will be able to join us! Also keep in mind that the first day of school next year is Tuesday, August 24.

Blessings,

Dan




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